Travel Guide Book - Armenia (Bradt)
Miscellaneous: For an individual trip to Armenia an up to date guide book is highly recommended. I perused the book market before my trip and for me it looked like the choice was limited to a Bradt Guide, a Rough Guide and a Lonely Planet Guide. The latter one even covers the whole Caucasus region with Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
I finally decided for the Bradt Guide: Armenia with Nagorno Karabagh. This was mainly due to the 3rd edition being the latest available issue close to my trip. I am usually quite happy with Bradt guides and the Armenia one was no exception, although I missed some more detailed information regarding public transportation in the country.
Bradt Travel Guides: http://www.bradt-travelguides.com/
- Budget Travel
Miscellaneous: The climate is continental. Cold spells, however, do occur and low temperatures are frequent, both on the high mountains and in the deep, enclosed valleys. The average temperatures are: -5 degrees in Celsius in winter, +11in spring, +35 in summer and +13 in autumn. People in Armenia dress like in Europe. Early in spring and late in autumn short changes in temperature are possible here at the flowing of one day. For spring or autumn it is advisable to take warm and comfortable clothes. Summers are hot in Armenia, but be sure to bring an umbrella in the case of rain.
Miscellaneous: A passport and visa are required. Citizens of some countries may purchase visas for a stay of up to 21 days online or upon arrival at the port of entry. In such cases no letter of invitation is required from Armenia to obtain a single-entry tourist visa for a stay up to 21 days. For stays of longer than 21 days or any other type of visa, an official invitation is required.
For stays longer than three months, a residency permit must be obtained through the Foreign Ministry in Yerevan.
To see if your country is waived of visa requirement and purchase an online visa, visit http://www.armeniaforeignministry.com/consular/visa.html. For some nationalities visa will be required prior to arrival which may take about one month to process.
Miscellaneous: If you fly to Armenia, you can apply for e-visa! The advantage of e-visa is that you don't have to have an Armenian Embassy/Consulate in your countyr, and you don't have to go all way through all the bureaucracy. AS far as I know e-visas are issued in 2 days. You can check the Foreign Ministry's website.
- Road Trip
- Business Travel
Luggage and bags: Since I used to be a baggage handler I will not check a bag if I can avoid it. Hotels or hostels can handle laundry and you get thru Customs quicker with a backpack
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You'll need some good walking shoes. I brought a pair of jeans...forget them. Yerevan is high and dry. When I was there in April/May it was 80F during day.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Don't sweat it if you forget it as you can probably find it in Yerevan. Just don't forget your perscriptions if you have them.
Miscellaneous: Bring a hat and sunblock..my dumb ass forgot to.....